The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 8, 2013

Art show benefits Special Olympics equestrians


SELINSGROVE — The Post and Lintel Gallery, Selinsgrove, and Alpha Phi Omega, Susquehanna University, are hosting a photography exhibit to benefit Special Olympics PA (SOPA) Northumberland Snyder Equestrians.

This is the second year SOPA has offered equestrian lessons and competition opportunities to Special Olympics athletes through the program. The athletes train at the R.E.D. farm near Kratzerville with Abby Morris of the Random Canyon Therapeutic Riding program. Equestrian training improves balance, strength and coordination. It empowers the equestrians who have little control over other aspects of their lives.

Photographs should reflect a general equestrian theme (horses, tack, stables, fields/countryside, riders, etc.). Photographs must be framed or on canvas. The entire piece must be no larger than 18 x 24 inches. All pieces must be ready to hang with taut wire 1/3 from the top of the piece stretched across the back.

Photographs will be accepted at The Post and Lintel, 34 S. Market St., Selinsgrove, on April 18 between 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call 374-5369 if you are going to show and other arrangements are needed.

An entry fee of $10 is due with submission. Make checks payable to SOPA Northumberland Snyder. All photographs are to be offered for sale with a 50 percent commission to The Post and Lintel Gallery. Commission should be included in the asking price.

Photographs will be grouped by age to be judged by a panel of professional photographers (Judges’ Awards) and the public who will purchase tickets to vote (People’s Choice Awards). No monetary prizes will be awarded as this event is a benefit for Special Olympic equestrians. Ribbons will be awarded for Judges’ Awards and certificates for People’s Choice Awards.

An open celebration will be held 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20. The show closes April 25 at 3 p.m.

For more information 374-5369 or email swazeyr_millera@verizon.net

SOPA Northumberland Snyder offers sports training and competition opportunities all year long for individuals age 8 years and older with intellectual disabilities.  Practice sites are located in both counties.  In addition to equestrian practices on Thursday evenings there are basketball practices on Monday evenings at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Shamokin Dam; power lifting practices on Wednesday evenings at Barbarian Combat Sports, Sunbury; swimming practices at Shamokin High School on Friday evenings and artistic roller skating on Saturday mornings at The Skatery. Softball and golf skills will be offered this spring. Bocce practices this summer will be held at East Snyder Park as well as other sports offerings at other locations.